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G.K. Chesterton on Tradition

“It is obvious that tradition is only democracy extended through time. It is trusting to a consensus of common human voices rather than to some isolated or arbitrary record… Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.”

— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, chapter 4

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June 27, 2007 · 10:29 pm

G.K. Chesterton on Democracy

“…the democratic faith is this: that the most terribly important things must be left to ordinary men themselves–the mating of the sexes, the rearing of the young, the laws of the state. This is democracy; and in this I have always believed.”

— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, chapter 4

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June 27, 2007 · 10:21 pm

G.K. Chesterton on Democracy

“This is the first principle of democracy: that the essential things in men are the things they hold in common, not the things they hold separately. And the second principle is merely this: that the political instinct or desire is one of these things which they hold in common.”

— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, chapter 4

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June 27, 2007 · 10:19 pm

John Adams on Democracy

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.”

— John Adams in a letter to John Taylor, 15 April 1814

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June 27, 2007 · 5:35 pm